Aaron Hernandez and his fall from grace
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- Aaron Hernandez’s life changed a lot over the past two weeks.
He went from living in a luxurious house in North Attleboro, complete with a pool, home movie theater, and gourmet kitchen, to a seven by 10 foot jail cell. Now, every one of his tattoos, including one reading “blood” will be checked for gang references.
“That happens for every inmate that comes in with tattoos. We have a team that just does gang intelligence and they’re very up to date on kinds of things that are associated with these gangs,” said Bristol County House of Correction Sheriff, Tom Hodgson.
A photo of Hernandez taken six years ago was obtained by TMZ. It shows the then 17-year-old Hernandez throwing up gang signs often associated with the Bristol Bloods street gang in Connecticut, while dressed in their signature red clothing.
Hernandez will now be wearing jail-issued gray and not his number 81 jersey.
And the Patriots are offering a different kind of jersey exchange. On July 6 and 7, you can trade your Hernandez jersey for another Pats jersey at the pro shop in Foxboro. The team hopes to help parents who may not want their kids wearing the number 81.
“Just don’t touch them. They’re just kind of there hanging and it’s just kind of a sad memory,” said one parent.
Now Hernandez’s own words are coming back to haunt him. In an interview for “Extra” two months ago, he said, “I just try to be a role model. And when I see Hispanics that look up to me, I try to lead them in the right direction. Hopefully it gives a lot of Hispanics out there a drive to be successful. Because there’s not that many Hispanics in the NFL and it’s just an honor to be one.”
Hernandez is currently in the medical unit in the Bristol County House of Corrections living on his own, but as soon as he’s checked out for any security risks and for his mental state, he will be moved in to live with the rest of the inmates.